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From: domainremoved <Jim>
Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2018 14:11:52 -0400

Honorable Mayor and Council Members:

The City is blessed with many parks, but one of them may stand out above the rest - and it the Bedwell Bayfront Park.
This community gem is often seen with heavy use - seven days a week, but especially on weekends. I'd estimate over a 1,000 people or more are there each week.  Why do they come?  There may be many reasons, such as
1)  Hiking
2)  Picnicing
3)  Bicycling
4)  Bird Watching
5)  The Great Spirit Path
and a host of other reasons.
With this heavy and popular use, comes challenges.  Some trails, some roads and some parking areas are is disrepair.  The bathrooms are closed for repairs from time to time. Trash containers are seen overflowing. Cars are far too often broken into and items stolen.  People are arrested for a variety of reasons. 
The City invested considerable funds, time and attention in the preparation of a Master Plan, or strategic plan, envisioning needs today and into the future. It outlined several steps to be taken. What is the status of those steps?
Large scale developments contributed over a $1,000,000 for improvements. I'm sure it is earning interest in a bank somewhere, but when will they be used for deferred maintenance?
The park used to have a park ranger, but that position was cut many years ago when funds were scarce. Now that Menlo Park has a budget surplus, can you let go of part of it to re-establish this valued and important position?
Much more can be said. The bottom line is this popular park simply needs more attention. Are you willing to give it what it needs?
Jim Lewis, Chair
Citizens Supporting Community Parks
Received on Tue Aug 14 2018 - 11:11:25 PDT

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